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#45 Mike Lien
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Castaic, Calif.
High School: Valencia H.S.
Major: Industrial Management
Experience: 3 Letters
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Mike is the team's top returning tackler ... three-year letterman

Moved into the starting lineup and earned honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition ... started all 11 games at middle linebacker and finished second on team with 98 tackles ... registered double figures in tackles four times, including 11-tackle performance at Nebraska ... one of his tackles at Nebraska was for loss of 10 yards ... honored as team's Defensive Player of the Week three consecutive weeks, starting with 11-tackle performance at Indiana State ... made eight stops and returned interception 28 yards against Missouri State ... recorded career-high 18 tackles, including one for loss versus North Dakota State ... closed season by recording 12 tackles, including a sack, in shutout victory over North Dakota ...

Played in all 12 games, seeing bulk of playing time on special teams ... tallied three tackles in three games, including last two games of season - at Western Illinois and in Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Montana ... added pass breakup in victory over Western Illinois ... also recorded three tackles in road win at Illinois State ... credited with quarterback hurry in season opener versus Georgia Southern

2008 Contributed right away during his freshman season by performing mostly on special teams ... played in all 12 games ... recorded three or more tackles three times, including season-high four at Indiana State ... also notched three tackles in wins at Stephen F. Austin and versus Illinois State ... made two stops against Southern Illinois ... was named squad's Special Teams Player of the Week in Hobo Day game against McNeese State

Notched 190 tackles with 4.5 sacks to earn a spot on the all-California Interscholastic Federation Northern Division Team and claim league player of the year honors for Valencia High School ... was a first-team all-league selection as a junior ... academic award winner